Fórum do Futuro unveils its programme

Actor Danny Glover, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Indian scientist Vandana Shiva are some of the 52 guests from 15 countries who come to Porto for "a week of discussion on the fracturing issues of society", thus launching the stimulus for collective and individual reflection about the present and the future.

Presented at a press conference by the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, and director for contemporary art and cinema of Ágora, Guilherme Blanc, the Forum of the Future programme- which runs from 3 to 9 November – features other participants who excel at various levels on the international scene, whether in activism, the arts or the sciences.

Under the theme "Travessias" (Crossings), the sixth edition of this municipal event marks the 500 years of the first circumnavigation trip by Fernão de Magalhães (Ferdinand Magellan) to touch different points of the globe and bring to light the concerns about the colonial legacy.

Thus, among the conferences, debates, performances, concerts and cinema that will be held in different venues of the city over the course of a week, one of the highlights is Danny Glover who, besides being a well-known actor, is also an activist in terms of slavery reparations to be made.

But many more important points are included in Fórum do Futuro, co-programmed by Guilherme Blanc, Filipa Ramos (editor in chief of art agenda, e-flux), Gareth Evans (film curator at Whitechapel Gallery) and John Akomfrah (British artist). The range of guests and the design of the themes to focus on were articulated to "think about processes of territorial and cultural occupation", analysing the six historical, political and cultural effects. As Guilherme Blanc pointed out, the different sessions will focus on the domination of people, populations and nature (induced by colonisations), and also poring over the liberation clues that this raises.

Thus, the programme - which will be opened by renowned Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and can be read on the Fórum do Futuro website – has leading figures as different as that of an indigenous leader and environmental activist Sônia Guajajara or the Indian scientist and also environmental activist Vandana Shiva (who led a fierce legal fight against the multinational company Monsanto). Arthur Jafa, a major figure in pop and contemporary art who has just been awarded at the Venice Film Festival, the Cuban Coco Fusco, who will debate "The Unbearable Weight of Utopia", or the British Curator and Historian Clémentine Deliss, who will bring the manifesto on museology and the right of access to colonial collections sequestered in Western Europe are further contributions to the broad debate over seven days.

Concert at Casa da Música, cinema in Trindade and performances and talks in Serralves are other of the ingredients of this Fórum do Futuro, which also features the influential architect of African origin Sir David Adjaye, whose career began in Porto with Eduardo Souto de Moura, will talk about the importance of the history and identity of each place in his professional practice, often linked to the cultures and diaspora of the African continent.

Also note the special film project involving the American poet Fred Moten, a key  figure in African American studies and the debate on rights and reparation movements: short video clips recorded with Moten will relate his work to the topics to be addressed by some of the speakers upon opening their sessions.

However, Fórum do Futuro2019, which concludes with a multidisciplinary performance by Crystallmess at Café Rivoli, this time addresses strong environmental and sustainability concerns, such as brochures printed on recycled paper, banned meat from participants' menus. and CO2 emissions from its air travel offset by purchasing carbon credits to the Santa Maria Project of the Amazon.

Admission to the Fórum do Futuro sessions is free, but subject to the ticket’s collection on the day and on-site of each one of them, up to two tickets per person and per session.

Source: Porto.pt

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Published 11-10-2019